ROAR: Research with Older Adults at Rhodes

Research with Older Adults at Rhodes (ROAR) focuses on age-related changes in cognition which are important for everyday functioning. As the number of adults living and thriving into old age continues to increase, it is important to understand what cognitive processes are vulnerable to aging and to discover ways that older adults can maintain active minds.

Research with Older Adults at Rhodes (ROAR) focuses on age-related changes that occur in memory, language, and attention, all of which are important for every day functioning. Our research is led by two cognitive psychologists, Dr. Katherine White and Dr. Geoffrey Maddox. Dr. White’s Cognition and Aging Lab examines factors that influence word retrieval, speech production, and spelling production. Dr. Maddox’s Memory Lab examines the relationship between memory and other abilities such as our ability to maintain attention, as well as how long-term memory can be improved.

AARP Research

Just 15% of adults age 40+ have been asked about social isolation or loneliness during a medical exam. This is alarming considering the health risks of prolonged social isolation are the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

Meeman Individual Course Listings | Rhodes College

Come take a class with us! This March, Dr. Maddox and Dr. White will teach a 3 week course on Applying Aging Research in Psychology at the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning: Below is a list of standalone courses that are not part of a specific series for the Spring 2019 Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning offerings. Visit our registration form to signup for any course or any series offered this Spring ________________ Beyond AARP: Applying Aging Research in PsychologyDr...

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Take time to call a friend. Loneliness poses a threat to public health

Here is a comment on cognitive screening tests from the largest professional association of neuropsychologists in the world.

First Ever Anti-Ageing Gene Discovered in a Secluded Amish Family For the first time, scientists have found a genetic mutation that appears to offer a measure of protection against some of the biological effects of ageing.

Want to slow down your aging process? Mind-set can be key, oldest seniors say. ‘Wake up every morning with something to do,’ says a 95-year-old badminton champ.


We are steadfastly opposed to the American Health Care Act, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

This deeply flawed health bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for health care. In addition, the bill now puts at risk the 25 million older adults with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, who would likely find health care unaffordable or unavailable to them.

But a House vote does not equal law. We will continue to fight AHCA as it moves to the Senate.

The Cognitive Upside of Aging

Interesting summary of some recent research challenging conventional wisdom about age-related changes in cognition and emotion. Big Data involving thousands and thousands of participants is enabling researchers to track the development of different cognitive skills across the lifespan with increasing accuracy. And the results of these studies bring light to some surprising — and perhaps heartening — findings about the aging…

Mental Activities May Protect Against Mild Cognitive Impairment

Interesting new study showing an association between engaging in mentally-stimulating activities and reduced incidence of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Note that this is not an intervention study and that this research is correlational in nature. A new study reports engaging in activities that are mentally stimulating can help to stave off the onset of mild cognitive impairment.

What a great turn-out at today's Walk to End Alzheimer's! Go Team "Aging Research at Rhodes"!

Aging Research at Rhodes's Walk to End Alzheimer's Team Page

The Aging Labs at Rhodes have formed a team that will participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 8. We welcome anyone who would like to join our team and walk with us. We also welcome any donations in support of Alzheimer's research! Click below to join or donate to our Team: Aging Research at Rhodes is Walking to End Alzheimer's. Donate today and help us reach our goal.

[03/13/16]   Join us for a research talk on Rhodes College's campus this Wednesday (3/16/16), 4:15pm, in Frazier-Jelke B. Catherine Kaczorowski, Ph.D., from UT Health Science Center will speak about "Systems Genetics of Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer's Disease".

Opera Singer Turned Neuroscientist Uses Music as Medicine for Dementia, Autism, and More

What an interesting story about the use of music for those with Dementia. Listening to the right music can benefit the brain. (Page 1)

Lumosity Ordered To Quit Claiming Their Games Make Users Smarter, Prevent Dementia

It is about time! Improving every day at a casual mobile or computer game might make you feel like you've accomplished something, but does it make you smarter? It's possible, but if recent ads from Lumosity made you...

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

Are you getting enough deep sleep? A mouse's brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Could the same hold true for people?

Professional Network on Aging of the Mid-South in Memphis, TN | Helping Seniors Through Powerful...

The Professional Network on Aging (PNA) sponsors events and workshops that bring individuals and organizations who serve older adults under a common mission—to support the aging population of the mid-south through education. On December 10th, PNA is hosting a Christmas Party at the Agricenter from 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM. Mark your calendars for this event! The Professional Network on Aging is a networking organization of over 200 businesses and 400 individuals serving the senior community.

Professors Maddox and White presented their research at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago this weekend!

[11/17/15]   It's conference time! This weekend, Rhodes College psychology professors Dr. Maddox, director of the Memory and Cognition Lab, and Dr. White, director of the Cognition and Aging Lab, will present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago, IL. Their presentations will be on "Examining the Contributions of Desirable Difficulty to the Lag Effect in Recognition Testing" and "Viewer Discretion Advised: Warning Enhances Attentional Control of Emotion During Speech Production."

Have you ever lost your keys or forgotten what day it is? These moments can be especially distressing for older adults. But when are these forgetful slip-ups signs of healthy aging, and when is it a potential warning sign of Alzhiemers? Check out this article from the Alzhiemer's Association on the importance of recognizing the difference between the two.

[11/04/15]   Interested in hearing the latest research on memory and aging, with a focus on individuals with Alzheimer’s? Plan to attend Dr. David Balota's lecture on December 3rd at 4:00 PM. Dr. Balota is a Professor of Psychology and Neurology at Washington University, and will be speaking about “Differences in Attentional Control and Biomarkers between Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease”. Location TBA. Mark your calendars!

Active Older Adults « YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

It is well known that staying active is integral to healthy aging, and the local YMCA branches in Memphis believe it too. Check out the Active Older Adults programs that the YMCA offers, including circuit classes, yoga classes, and even Pickleball.

[10/19/15]   Looking for ways to have fun this Halloween while also supporting healthy aging? Sign up for the 2015 annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest (an 'above water' option is available for non scuba divers). All proceeds benefit Creative Aging, a local nonprofit that brings the arts to older adults in Memphis.

[10/16/15]   Thank you for following ROAR: Research with Older Adults at Rhodes. We will post weekly updates about our current research studies, what’s going on in the Memphis community to promote healthy aging, and how you can get involved. In the meantime, be on the lookout for our most recent newsletter this Fall!

[10/15/15]   Welcome to ROAR: Research with Older Adults at Rhodes, the official page of the cognition labs at Rhodes College. Follow us for more updates on our research studies, news and events, and tips for promoting healthy aging in the Memphis community.

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